Colombia exceeds 12,000 deaths from pandemic in five months of emergency

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Colombia exceeds 12,000 deaths from pandemic in five months of emergency




A man takes a photo of a screen that projects candles in tribute to those killed by COVID-19 during the 482 anniversary of the city of Bogotá, on August 6, 2020


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A man takes a photo of a screen that projects candles in tribute to those killed by COVID-19 during the 482 anniversary of the city of Bogotá, on August 6, 2020


Colombia surpassed 12,000 deaths this Friday from the new coronavirus, which was detected for the first time in the country on March 6, according to the official balance released by the Ministry of Health.

In the last 24 hours, 311 people died, for a total of 12,250 deaths, while there are already 367,196 infections, according to the authorities.

With eight million inhabitants, Bogotá concentrates 35% of the cases.

In the Colombian capital there is a strict confinement in several areas, in an attempt to slow down the speed of contagion and prevent a collapse of the intensive care network enabled for the pandemic.

In the last week, Colombia added an average of 10,147 new daily cases and 305 deaths.

In one month, the country jumped from 4,359 deaths on July 7 to more than 12,000 this Friday.

Colombia has been confined from March 25 to August 30 by order of the national government, although with an increasing number of exceptions that aim to rescue an economy seriously affected by the closure.

President Iván Duque spoke about his plan to counter the “onslaught of the pandemic” during a commemorative event for the Army’s anniversary and the commemoration of the famous Battle of Boyacá in 1819, which sealed Colombia’s independence from the Spanish crown.

“We are making a big bet for the reactivation (…) so that Colombia has more than 100 billion pesos (about 26.6 billion dollars) of investment that generates millions of jobs and that allows us to reactivate safely,” Duque declared when he completed two years in power.

With about 50 million inhabitants, Colombia is the fourth country most affected by the disease in the continent in number of deaths and the fifth with the most infections.

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